Tyler Atkins, MD
Resident
Neurological Surgery Residency Program

Tyler Atkins, MD   PGY 3

Medical School:  Indiana University

Undergraduate Education: Indiana University, BA Biology, Chemistry

Academic Honors:  Admitted to Phi Beta Kappa Society as an undergraduate, elected into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society as a Junior medical student. Awarded Julius M. Goodman Scholarship in Neurosurgery as a senior medical student.

Q & A

What attracted you to our residency program?  The large number of faculty who now dedicate themselves to the education of residents trained at many of the most respected residency programs in the country.  The high volume and range of cases that are performed offer an amazing clinical learning environment. With many of the faculty also participating and actively leading ambitious clinical research projects, there is great opportunity for clinical research. Finally, the city of Charlotte, itself, as a medium-large metropolitan area offers a great place to live with much to do in town and is just a few hours from both ocean and mountains.

What have you enjoyed most so far?  The early clinical experience has been invaluable and the faculty have all proven to be very excited about having residents and teaching. Carolinas Medical Center is a wonderful place to work as a resident with immense resources, a high level of resident support, and very helpful and skilled hospital staff from nurses to surgical techs. The numerous midlevel providers have also proved a highly valuable resource to my education and adjustment to the hospital.

What are your personal hobbies? I enjoy spending time with my wife exploring the city's restaurants and parks, as well as rock climbing at a local indoor climbing gym, hiking and mountain-biking.

 

Jonathan Parish, MD
Resident
Neurological Surgery Residency Program

Jonathan Parish, MD PGY 2

Medical School:  Indiana University

Undergraduate Education:  Indiana University, BS Biology; Minors in Business Management, Spanish and Chemistry

Academic Honors:  Elected to Gold Humanism Honor Society, elected into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, awarded Julius M. Goodman Scholarship in Neurosurgery as a senior medical student.

Q & A

What attracted you to our residency program? The operative experience first and foremost attracted me to this residency program. There are very few residency programs that offer the volume and complexity of cases that Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) provides. The amount of responsibility and autonomy given to me as an intern has helped me strengthen my clinical decision making as well as develop my technical surgical skills. The surgeons at CMC have trained all over the country and are highly involved in regional and national organized neurosurgery societies. When searching for residency programs, I knew I wanted a program with high-level training as well as a program that would be conducive to having a life and hobbies outside the hospital. The faculty at CMC are family oriented and encourage a positive work-life balance.

What have you enjoyed most so far? I have really enjoyed the work environment at CMC.  The faculty and staff promote a collaborative team environment but encourage residents to have primary direction of patient care.  Furthermore, the faculty, staff and residents have a great relationship and residents are treated extremely well by the hospital staff and administration. The city of Charlotte is incredibly friendly and welcoming which has made it very easy to make friends. There is an endless amount of entertainment and activity to take advantage of from mountain biking and great hiking trails to walking food tours and free concerts. There is always something new and fun to do in the city. We have really enjoyed trying all of the great local restaurants and breweries. There are also a lot of great cities within a short drive of Charlotte.  We have already made weekend trips to Charleston, Asheville and Savannah.

What are your personal hobbies? My fiance and I try to stay as active as possible.  We enjoy road cycling on the weekends, running, walking our dog Henry, snow skiing in Park City and traveling when possible. We also have enjoyed checking out the U.S. National Whitewater Center, located 20 minutes from uptown Charlotte, which has kayaking, zip lining, ropes courses and whitewater rafting. We bought a house in Charlotte and enjoy hosting cookouts with our friends and residents from other programs. Being from Indiana, I am a die-hard IU basketball and Colts fan.

Vincent Rossi, MD
Resident
Neurological Surgery Residency Program

Vincent Rossi, MD   PGY 1

Medical School:  Rush University

Undergraduate Education:  Southern Methodist University, BA Biology, BS Economics

Academic Honors:   Phi Betta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha, Gold Humanism National Honor Society

Q & A

What attracted you to our residency program?  I was fortunate enough to have done a month long sub-internship at Carolinas Medical Center prior to applying.  This allowed me to experience first-hand how special the training environment is within the program.  I was captivated by the infinite learning opportunities available to me.  This training program is unique in that it entails one of the largest, most respected private practice neurosurgery groups in the country operating in a level 1 trauma center with a large multi-state catchment area.  This provides a training opportunity that will allow for the development of technical excellence in all aspects of neurosurgery while giving the trainee exposure to a diverse set of pathology.  The large attending-to-resident ratio allows for an unparalleled early operative experience while simultaneously requiring early ownership in managing neurosurgical patients.

What have you enjoyed most so far?  Outside of the tremendous clinical and training experiences, I have most enjoyed getting to know the residents and faculty.  The neurosurgical faculty at Carolinas Medical Center are deeply invested in the success of this program and are sincerely interested in the well-being of their residents.  In addition, every employee of Carolinas Medical Center is extremely welcoming and helpful.  This creates an enjoyable work environment that makes it a pleasure to help take care of patients and their families every day.

What are your personal hobbies?  I spend my free time playing pick-up basketball, biking, and running to explore the many miles of trails that Charlotte has to offer.  I also enjoy trying out the newest restaurants, breweries, and coffee shops in Charlotte.  In addition to all of the exciting aspects within the Charlotte city-limits, I have started traveling to destinations within driving distance of Charlotte such as Asheville, Charleston, and the Outer Banks.

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